Gifts plea for refuge young­sters

Nottingham Post - - NEWS -

AN ap­peal has been made to bring the magic of Christ­mas to chil­dren and teenagers es­cap­ing do­mes­tic abuse.

Not­ting­ham-based Mid­land Women’s Aid is try­ing to raise £580 be­fore Fri­day to buy presents for 26 chil­dren (bud­get­ing £20 per child) with £60 ex­tra cash to buy items such as recharge­able bat­ter­ies and wrap­ping pa­per.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Cather­ine Saun­ders says “Christ­mas is the time of year where the rate of do­mes­tic abuse in the house­hold in­creases and chil­dren are more likely to wit­ness the abuse or be­come a vic­tim them­selves. We see an in­crease in re­fer­rals at this time.

“We pro­vide 10 units of refuge ac­com­mo­da­tion and, sadly, we are full all year and of­ten must turn fam­i­lies away.

“We do our best to en­sure these fam­i­lies have a great time. How­ever, due to lim­ited fund­ing, we can­not pro­vide new gifts and sea­sonal items. We rely heav­ily on do­na­tions and fund rais­ing.

“This Christ­mas we will have 26 chil­dren with ages rang­ing from 3 -17 years old. By sup­port­ing this ap­peal, you can help us to make this Christ­mas a safe, abuse free and pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence for them.” ■■To sup­port the ap­peal, visit: just­giv­­fund­ing/ mwachrist­mas

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